HOPE Scholarship

Attention Freshman Estimated Award Recipients:

While you may qualify for the Zell Miller Scholarship or HOPE Scholarship, we are currently using preliminary, estimated information to make awards. Your final eligibility cannot be determined until you have graduated high school.  Your final HOPE or Zell Miller Scholarship eligibility is determined by the Georgia Student Finance Commission. If your Estimated Award changes, you will be notified at your UGA email address.


The State of Georgia’s Helping Outstanding Pupils Educationally (HOPE) Scholarship is available to qualifying Georgia residents and provides a specified award amount per credit hour of enrollment up to a maximum payment for 15 semester hours per semester.


Either of the applications must be properly completed and processed prior to the last date of final exams of the semester for which the student is seeking to receive HOPE funds.


The amount of a student's HOPE Scholarship is ultimately based on the number of credit hours in which a student is enrolled each semester, not to exceed payment for a maximum of 15 semester hours. The initial award amount assumes the maximum HOPE amount for which the student is eligible each semester.  The HOPE award amount will be reduced when students enroll in fewer than 15 hours. HOPE award amounts cannot be increased for students who enroll in more than 15 hours.  Furthermore, the HOPE Award Amount cannot exceed the student's total tuition charges for the semester.

The HOPE Scholarship does not pay for Academic Assistance (Learning Support) courses or any other courses that do not apply toward any degree.  Click here for the list of HOPE & Zell Miller Scholarship Ineligible Courses.

2016-17 Award Year

For the 2016-17 Award Year, the dollar amount of each semester's HOPE Scholarship award is determined by multiplying $233.00 X the number of hours in which the student is enrolled, up to the maximum 15 hours; however, the HOPE amount received cannot exceed the actual tuition charged.

When students are charged the Flat Tuition Rate for the fall and spring semesters, the HOPE Scholarship award amount reflected on their financial aid Awards initially assumes 15 hours enrollment in the fall and spring semesters for a maximum award amount of $3,495.00 per semester.

See the following UGA HOPE Award Amounts:

UGA HOPE Award Amounts Schedule
Hours Enrolled 1617 HOPE Award Amount
15 $3,495
14 $3,262
13 $3,029
12 $2,796
11 $2,563
10 $2,330
9 $2,097
8 $1,864
7 $1,631
6 $1,398
5 $1,165
4 $932
3 $699
2 $466
1 $233

You can also view GSFC's 2016-2017 Award Amounts by clicking on the University System of Georgia Institutions arrow and selecting the University of Georgia.

Initial Eligibility:

The Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) determines the initial HOPE Scholarship academic eligibility of incoming First-Year (Freshmen) Georgia resident students using the course and grade information provided them by their high schools.  The UGA Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) then electronically obtains the academic eligibility status from the GSFC.

UGA OSFA is responsible for confirming the continuing academic eligibility of the first-year students deemed academically eligible by GSFC as well as the academic eligibility of all other students.  OSFA is also responsible for confirming all HOPE students meet all the non-academic eligibility requirements.

Continuing, Gaining and Re-Gaining Eligibility:

Seven Year Limit:

Effective Fall term 2015, students who did not receive a HOPE Scholarship payment prior to Summer term 2011, and meet all other eligibility requirements for HOPE Scholarship, are eligible to receive the HOPE Scholarship until seven years after their high school graduation, GED test date, home study completion date, or the date of their petition to receive a high school diploma, whichever occurred first.  The expiration of eligibility date will be June 30 following the completion of the seventh academic year following the student's high school graduation date, GED test date, home study completion date, or date of petition to receive a high school diploma.

Students who received a HOPE Scholarship prior to summer 2011 are not subject to the 7 year eligibility limit.

Grade Changes and Incomplete (I) Grades:

To review the possible impact on HOPE Scholarship eligibility, see Grade Changes and Incomplete (I) Grades.

Study Abroad/Student Exchange:

To review the HOPE Scholarship procedures for eligible UGA and Non-UGA Study Abroad Programs, see:

Transient Enrollment:

To review the HOPE Scholarship procedures for UGA students enrolled at (transient to) other institutions, see Students Transient From UGA.

Zell Miller Scholarship:

See information regarding the Zell Miller Scholarship.

State Sources:

More information regarding the HOPE Scholarship Program, including the GSFAPPS HOPE Scholarship application, is available on the GAfutures.org Web site.

You can also review the applicable Award Year HOPE Scholarship regulations at the Georgia Student Finance Commission (GSFC) Web site.

STEM Courses and the HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Courses and the HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarships

Effective Fall 2017, when calculating the HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship postsecondary gpa, an additional weight of 0.5 will be added to grades of B, C, and D for approved degree level science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses taken at an eligible postsecondary institution Fall 2017 or later.

Where can I find out which STEM courses are approved?

The approved STEM courses will be listed in the STEM Weighted Course Directory.

Will approved STEM courses I take at another eligible postsecondary institution receive the additional weight at UGA?

Yes, all approved courses taken Fall 2017 or later will receive the additional weight.

Will STEM courses I take at an out-of-state institution receive additional weight?

No. Courses must be taken at an eligible Georgia postsecondary institution Fall 2017 or later. Please see the STEM Weighted Course Directory for a list of the eligible schools.

Will STEM courses I took prior to Fall 2017 receive additional weight retroactively?

No. Only eligible courses taken Fall 2017 or later will receive the additional weight.

If I take a course that is not currently in the STEM Weighted Course Directory and then it is added to the STEM Weighted Course Directory at a later date for a later term, can I get the additional weight retroactively?

No. Please see the STEM Weighted Course Directory for the Beginning and End Terms for all courses.

What do I need to do to have the additional weight added to my HOPE Scholarship gpa?

Nothing. We will add the additional weight to your gpa automatically.

Who determines which courses appear in the STEM Weighted Course Directory?

The STEM Weighted Course Council is responsible for approving all additions, deletions, and changes to the directory. This council consists of representatives from the University System of Georgia, the Technical College System of Georgia, the Georgia Independent College Association, the Georgia Student Finance Commission, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, and a member of the Georgia General Assembly.

How often is the STEM Weighted Course Directory updated?

Changes to the STEM Weighted Course Directory only occur once per year, generally in February.

Where can I get additional information?

Additional information can be found at https://www.gafutures.org/hope-state-aid-programs/hope-zell-miller-scholarships/hope-scholarship/stem-weighted-course-directory/.